Thursday, November 22, 2012

CU-WISE Women in Research

Monday, November 19, 2012


 If you're familiar with TED Talks then you know that they have a great reputation for bringing you "ideas worth sharing" through relaxed but informative discussions. What you might not have heard of yet is that there will be a TEDx event in Ottawa very shortly! On December 2nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Arts Court called a TED event called TEDxSandyHillWomen will be taking place.

I was fortunate to attend TEDxCarletonU back in 2010 and found a lot of inspiration hearing about big ideas that were driving the work of some of Carleton's top professors. On the list for the TEDxSandyHillWomen is WISE's very own Gail Carmichael. She will be speaking about why she cares about telling girls that tech fields are fun and rewarding.

If you want to find out more you can check out their website and like their facebook page. To attend the event you have to fill out an application but I was also told that there may be opportunities to volunteer.

Monday, November 12, 2012

CU-WISE Research Day

We are very excited to announce that applications for the CU-WISE Women in Research event are now open! This event aim’s to highlight the diverse research that the female undergraduate, graduate and faculty of Carleton University are actively involved in and is set to take place on December 6th, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carleton.

To help make this event a success, we are looking for dynamic individuals who are excited about what they are doing and would like to share their journey into their respective fields. You will be given 15 minutes to present your research topic to an audience of budding female engineers and scientists from high schools around the city. Demonstrations and hands-on activities are also welcomed. To participate, please tell us a little more about yourself by filling out an application below. Deadline to apply is November 24th at midnight!

** Update: Applications for the CU-WISE Women in Research are now closed. **

Seeking Nominations for the 2013 Women of Vision Awards

I serve on the Advisory Board of the Anita Borg Institute, an organization focused on increasing women's participation in the technology workforce --- as technologists, and as technical leaders. One important aspect of our work is recognizing the contributions of amazing women technical leaders all over the world. We do this through the Women of Vision program.

We are now accepting nominations for the 2013 Women of Vision awards.

We could greatly use your help identifying women who deserve recognition, and facilitating their nomination. These women are incredible achievers whose stories inspire us, and whose example can be held up as a role model for thousands of other technical women. A bit of background:

These awards recognize outstanding women for Leadership, Social Impact, and Innovation. See the full descriptions of these award categories online.

Last year we honoured these amazing women:

  • Sarita Adve, Professor of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for Innovation.
  • Sarah Revi Sterling, Faculty Director, ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder, for Social Impact.
  • Jennifer Chayes, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director, Microsoft Research New England, for Leadership.
You can also see the complete list of past winners online.

Please think about a woman at your organization or school (or anywhere, really) who deserves to be honoured for her career achievements, and nominate her! Please contact me if there is any way I can help you with this action.

The deadline to submit a nomination is December 14, 2012.

Also be sure to save the date for the 8th annual Women of Vision Awards Banquet on May 9, 2013 in Santa Clara, California. Registration passes and table sponsorships will be available for purchase soon.

Originally posted on my personal blog.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Have you heard of DOUBLE MAJOR? I've noticed posters around campus and got an email about their November event today. Double major is a new initiative from the Carleton University Art Gallery and Alumbi Association. It brings together two speakers from different backgrounds to talk about their work. Sounds amazing, right?! It gets better because their November event features a talk about Space Robots (Helia Sharif) and Urban Hacking (Janak Alford). Out. Of. This. World.

I've already got this down in my agenda and really excited about it. DOUBLE MAJOR will be held at Carleton University Art Gallery on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012. Lectures start at 7pm, and there will be drinks and snacks available.

To view a poster with the details of the Novemeber event click here.